Catalogue description Ellen Wilkinson Collection

This record is held by Labour History Archive and Study Centre (People's History Museum)

Details of LP/W1
Reference: LP/W1
Title: Ellen Wilkinson Collection

The collection comprises five volumes of press cuttings, 1924-1936; a copy of a novel by Wilkinson called Clash, 1929 also with a letter from the publisher and three from readers; two files, one on the Labour Party Conference, the other on the Jarrow March, both October 1936.

Date: 1924-1947

The press cuttings are arranged chronologically.

Held by: Labour History Archive and Study Centre (People's History Museum), not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Wilkinson, Ellen, 1891-1947, politician

Physical description: 4 boxes
Access conditions:

Open to view with an appointment, email:


Accruals are not expected.

Administrative / biographical background:

Ellen Wilkinson was born in Manchester and educated at Ardwick School. She later studied history at Manchester University. In 1912 she became a member of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and the following year was recruited as a district organiser. She was also an active trade unionist, member of the Fabien Society and pacifist. IN the 1924 General Election she was elected to represent Middlesborough East. In the 1931 election Wilkinson opposed the National Government formed by McDonald and as a result she lost her seat. She re-entered Parliament as MP for Jarrow in the 1935 General Election. Jarrow had one of the worst unemployment records in Britain. In 1936 Wilkinson organised a march of 200 unemployed workers from Jarrow to London where she presented a petition to parliament. Wilkinson later wrote an account of the Jarrow Crusade and its outcome called The Town That Was Murdered (1939). Following the 1945 General Election Wilkinson was appointed Minister of Education. She died on 6 February 1947.

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